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Letters to the Editor....
This letter is a rebuttal to your
editorial on labels, dated Jan. 26.
First, it is clear to me by your
political stance that you are a liberal
Democrat, so it is understandable
that you feel compelled to defend
liberal politics; however, please be as
unbiased and accurate as possible.
It is true that morals, ethics, and
thriftiness are traits of conservatism.
Conservatives do not believe that
every problem can be solved by
throwing more money at it. You see
this as being “tight,” which in reality
is fiscal responsibility,
Unfortunately, liberals want to
redistribute wealth....tax those who
work and achieve, and create new
entitlements for those who choose not
The connotations of good and evil
can be dealt with by stating that the
abortion (murder), homosexuality,
radical feminism, and other
departures from the Bible, and they
are an abomination unto the Lord. It
is unfortunate that liberals see
morals and ethics as being relative
along with all other things. An
interesting point occurs to me: why
would our legislator who “claims" to
be conservative, leave the
conservative party (Republican)to go
to the liberal party (Democrat)?
By point of reference being “today,”
do you mean it is okay to be different
things or to have different beliefs
from day to day? Apparently Slick
Willie thinks that is okay. At least
conservatives are consistent. When
defining people’s beliefs, it is
necessary to look at their actions,
since “actions speak louder than
You came much closer to defining
the beliefs of Karl Marx than to
defining conservatives. Marx believed
that all laws and rules should be
unchangeable. There does come a
time when our government passes so
many laws, bills.and amendments
that the whole process becomes
ridiculous, as evidenced by the
Constitution. When you stated that
conservatives always prefer the
status quo, you were incorrect. If you
statement were accurate, then why
would conservatives want to change
administrations,and why would they
argue for change in welfare, medical,
national defense, just to name a few?
Liberals believe that the function
of governments to run our lives, and
take care of us from the cradle to the
grave. Conservatives believe in
personal responsibility, less
government, order, the freedom to
make decisions for yourself,and the
puritan work ethic. As far Bible-belt
Christian ideas of good and evil, it is
quite certain that you won’t find
Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Planned
Parenthood, NOW, the ACLU, or so-
called “gay” (fag) organizations
represented amongconservatives. On
the contrary, these organizations are
dominated by atheists, socialists, and
staunch, liberal Democrats. Most of
what people believe in this area has
been made fun of and impugned by
the dominant liberal media.
Liberals try to paint a picture of a
“utopia” that they can produce.
Perhaps, they have been reading
Thomas Moore or Voltaire. George
Orwell’s 1984 is muoh more likely
and seems to be making progress;
this is the likely result unless we
oust Willie and his bunch in
Washington and Queen Ann and her
court from Austin.
As for the historic block, and the
might makes right that you speak of,
remember which political group
spawned Tammany Hall, Boss
Crump, the Daley Machine, etc....
The conservatives have the Christian
right, while the liberals have most of
the media and the entertainment
industry, the Rainbow Coalition,
labor unions, and vast amounts of
money from PACs. That is an evil
which a sma 11 amount of Republicans
participate in. “You cannot serve two
masters,” or constituencies.
Liberals are moving farther to the
left,and to more confusion, except
when they are trying a “snowjob” on
the electorate with their rhetoric,or
just plain lying, as Clinton did in his
State of the Union address. Liberals
also believe in the “big brother
approach,"since they believe that the
public is too stupid to know what is
best for them. They are “all things to
all people,” depending upon the
situation and the “day.”
The leading liberal, Bill Clinton,
“is tired of hearing about family
values.” No wonder the liberals have
systematically undermiped those
values since the 1960s. The results
can be seen in more illegitimate
births, abortions, divorces, child
abuse, deterioration in the public
schools, homosexuality, AIDS, and
violence. Liberals did not invent
these or others sins, but they sure
Higher taxes are also a result of
liberal policy. After all. the crying
about how the nation was being
ruined by the national debt, the
liberal Clinton bunch turned down
the bill which would have helped
reduce the deficit. It is more
important to them that they finance
their pet pork barrel projects.
There is a lot of wheeling and
dealing going on and the American
taxpayer is the victim. I might add
that the flag burners, draft card
burners, those who fled this country
to avoid the draft, and all those who
are philosophically opposed to “some
wars,” are devout liberals.
You spoke of macro factors and
political science, along with
intellectual scrutiny in determining
policy; however, you forgot that
“common sense” is much more
valuable. As for as stale bread, that's
what we have gotten from the
Mondales, Carter, Richards, and
Clinton, They proclaim themselves to
be moderates with a new agenda, but
in reality it is the same .old
“hogwash.” I am proud to stand up
and .be. counted as a conservative
RepitbHcan, and since 1 fought for
this country in the three wars. I am
ready to fight a different kind of
battle on the “hbme-front.”
Lloyd R. Dove, Sr.
P.S. — This letter is not intended as
a personal attack upon you or upon
your integrity as an individual. Mr.
EDITOR’S REPLY - In answer to
the question posed in the fourth
paragraph of your letter, “By point of
reference being ‘today,’ do you mean
it is okay to be different things or to
have different beliefs from day to
day?” the answer is obviously a
personal one for everyone to grapple
with. Events do change people’s
beliefs, as do educational growth and
This precisely points to the need of
having a universally defined point of
reference for the term conservative.
You very capably defined many of
the popular elements currently
thought to be definitive of
conservatism and liberalism; but,
unfortunately, due to conflicting
points of reference, these labels tend
to be grossly unfair to many people,
and reinforce the idea that
conservatism is good and liberalism
is bad, based upon someone’s
subjective point of reference. Using
today's frequently used definitions,
what are you if you take a “liberal”
stand on one issue and a
“conservative” stand on another?
No, the editorial focus was not on
changing one’s philosophical opinion
just to match popular thought of the
day, as you suggested that President
Clinton does. The focus was on
shifting definitions to provide a more
exact standard from which change, if
it is desired, can be launched.
Surely you must believe that there
are at least a few good people out
there who happen to be Democrats
and that not all Democrats agree
with every element of that party’s
The same is true with Republicans.
Your letter indicts President
Clinton, but what does it say of the
modern-day president who resigned
in disgrace, who happened to be
Republican. You write of a “snowjob”
on the electorate. Did this not
accurately define Richard Nixon?
You mentioned in your letter that
the editorial came closer to defining
the beliefs of Karl Marx than to
defining conservatives, the reference
being that Marx believed that all
laws and rules should be
unchangeable. Nowhere in the
editorial is this belief stated. We’re
curious as to where you picked this
Debate is a useful force. Our
democracy allows for a free and
often-heated exchange of ideas,
something which you obviously
defended by fighting in three wars. I
certainly appreciate your letter and
your views, many of which I’m sure
many of our readers will agree with,
at least in part.
It takes courage to express an
opinion on anything these days, for
there are forces at work in our
society that would eagerly destroy
the rights that persons, like you,
defended with ultimate sacrifices
when tyranny roared.
Thanks for the response.
Tb The Editor:
Too Close For Comfort
The tires screamed with pain as
the friction built up heat against the
cold pavement. Gravel, grass, and
mud flew everywhere as the fence
raced toward my pickup at what
appeared to be the speed of light.
The children screamed, “Dad, what
are you trying to do?”
As the hair on the back of my
neck began to lie, I wondered if the
Harding Should Do
AS THE SPITBALLS FLY, would-be Olympic figure skater Tonya
Harding is being volleyed back and forth as either a demon or a
victim of fallout from the recent assault on her competitor, Nancy
Kerrigan, which put at-risk the latter’s ability to participate in the
WAS HARDING in the know about the assault? When did she
become aware that her bodyguard and ex-husband were apparently
involved? To what degree, if any, was her involvement?
THE OLYMPIC hierarchy is wrestling with these questions and
wondering if Harding is, indeed, Olympic material.
WHETHER SHE’S GUILTY OR WHETHER SHE’S NOT, her
“people” have admitted to involvement in the assault. Even if she is
personally innocent, the fact remains that those who were part of
her “package” went beyond the limits of acceptability by trying to
ruthlessly sabotage her competitor.
ALTHOUGH HARDING has likely trained very hard to make the
Olympic team, one must wonder if the honorable thing to do might
not be for her to drop out and allow an alternate to compete in her
stead. If she is guilty, she has no place representing the U.S. with
ill-gotten attainment. If she is, however, innocent, a sacrifice such
as this might go beyond mere Olympic gold.
— W. Leon Smith
On My Mind...
By DEBRA D. BROWN, Education Editor
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And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
— Homans 12:2
cause of my anxiety realized what
just happened. I feel quite sure that
she had absolutely no idea. She was
just trying to get from point A to
point B, down that all so familiar,
yet always changing path she has
As I recall, a large white hunk of
metal and rubber, driven by what
appeared to be a set of eyeglasses,
came streaking across the pain in
what was surely a valiant effort to
manipulate a normal right-hand
curve. It was quite a sight to see
that set of eyeglasses operate the
vehicle, at not only 45 mph. but
managing to stay on the paved
portion of the road. Fortunately, I am
still alive to joke about this serious
and growing threat.
As we grow older, our driving
skills decrease, due to the aging
process. Our eyes and cat-like
reflexes decline ever so slowly that
we do not realize our driving ability
has depleted to the point of self-
destruction. We have become a major
hazard on the public roadways, and
don’t realize it. I know there is pride
in driving and driving is a sign of
freedom, but when do we call it
We as a population need to
examine this problem and try to
come up with ways to protect
ourselves and our elderly loved ones.
I have seen a number of fatal
accidents caused by elderly drivers.
This number is slightly lower than
for drunk drivers.
I am not here to cause grief to the
elderly. I just feel this is a serious
problem and urge all of you to pay
close attention as you are out driving
and see if you agree. If I am the only
one that notices this problem, I am
sorry for bringing it up.
The laws are so hard to change
that I feel the family is our only
choice to solve this problem. Sure, it
will be hard to tell Memaw it is time
to sell the car, but it is also hard to
view the mangled remains after a
head-on collision occurs. I urge
everyone with elderly loved ones to
witness their driving skills and then,
if need be, encourage the loved ones
to give up driving.
Actually, I was not run completely
off the highway, only because I was
watching the other driver so well.
We did, however, have an extremely
close call. An encounter of the worst
Had I not been paying close
attention, we definitely would have
hit head on. And another thing, my
children, one six and the other three,
had no idea that their lives were in
danger. Everybody could have
honestly said: They never knew what
Dear Mr. Smith:
Last week, I had the privilege of
visiting Bosque County to observe
the many outreach programs that are
volunteer station sites for the Retired
Senior Volunteer Program. As
Volunteer Coordinator for the Heart
of Ifexas RSVP Program, I was
delighted to find so many senior
volunteers making a real impact of
the quality of life for Bosque County.
As I toured your community, I
found myself amazed and touched by
the commitment of Bosque County to
pitch in and help each other. From
the Clothes Closets to the Senior
Centers to the Library, there is a
true spirit of helping each other
simply because it is the right thing
I was especially impressed with
the energy and enthusiasm of the
senior volunteers in your area. So
many have joined the Retired Senior
Volunteer Program to make a
statement., they have something to
give their community and they want
to help. They should be commended
every day for their efforts.
Their work is making a difference.
It is not unnoticed outside of Bosque
County. Based in Waco, our regional
RSVP office keeps up with the
volunteer hours and programs that
are served by seniors in your area.
We gather the data monthly and
report to State agencies and
Those reports are very significant.
They voice what is important to
Bosque County. They tell State
Representatives, Senators, and even
the Governor what the needs are in
you community and what programs
are worthy of funding. When a
voting Senior Citizen gives up free
time during retirement to work,
without pay, in a community
project. ..politicians take notice.
Most seniors don’t look at their
volunteer work in that light. They
usually volunteer for the love of
it...and their community.
I cannot express enough how taken
I was at the spirit and energy of
your community. I spoke to an
associate after my visit and she said,
“That’s where I want to retire, there
is so much for seniors in Bosque
County and not just growing old.” I
could not agree more.
I want to add a special thank you
to Roe Beth Howe. As senior
volunteer coordinator for your
county, she toured me through your
community with such pride and
stamina. Her dedication is
remarkable. Alma Hicknox and the
“Helping Hands” program and
volunteers wouldreinstate in anyone,
faith in mankind.
1b all the volunteers I was able to
nu$t on this visit, as well as those T
missed, your work is viUd and
worthy and making a difference in
Bosque County. Thank you for
volunteering with The Retired Senior
Volunteer Program in Bosque
County. Keep up the good work!
Volunteer Coordinator, RSVP
Walk It Off
Christmas added too many pounds,
The sun refuses to stay around.
TV horror stories, there are just too many.
I’m going for a walk.
Scenes of war, streets with no children,
Their cries echo in the cold.
I often think of you — do you know?
I’m going for a walk.
Soldiers angry and abandoned;
Will they ever rest in peace?
Friends now with hated enemies.
I’m going for a walk.
Glowing skeletons roam the earth.
Told by the government it wouldn’t hurt.
An overdue apology, you’ll never get.
I’m going for a walk.
Skater skidding on thin ice,
Fighting desperately for your life.
Sportmanship tarnished, maybe gone.
I’m going for a walk.
Sounds of life and sights so true,
Help me shake my worldly blues.
With each pace reveal the Creator’s news,
I’m going for a walk.
Onward...thru the Fog
By DAVID ANDERSON. Staff Writer
Pm One Of The Most-Hated People In America
Imagine this picture, if you will; People huddled together, braving the
chilling cold, standing in front of a building defying the weather. Wisps of
steam can be seen rising intermittently from the group, as they crowd closer
together for warmth.
How sad, a group of homeless people, you might
think. Wrong... these are — heaven forbid —
SMOKERS, banished to the nether-regions of the
More and more,, smoking has become the great
division in the country today. With all the problems
America has had in the past with racism and what-
have-you, smokers have become the most-hated group
of people around, it seems.
As you can probably tell, if you didn’t already know,
I am a smoker. Hey, I’m not necessarily proud of it, but
that’s what I am. I can think of a lot worse habits I
could have, believe me.
The worm may be turning, though, as the saying
goes. Some folks seem to be leaning the other way in this great debate.
The Washingtonian magazine publishes a list of the “25 Most Annoying
People” each year. One of this year’s selections was anti-smoking activist
John Banzhaff. y
The list, according to the publishers, selected those who were best known
for their “self-righteousness, obtuseness, and most notably not knowing when
to put a sock in it.”
President Clinton is said to be considering a 75-cent per pack tax increase
on cigarettes. Although no one knows for sure whether the measure will pass
or not, it surely will be debated throughout the year.
Many states are also considering their own tax hikes on cigarettes, with
Idaho leading the way, asking for a $1.00-per-pack increase.
Come on, folks, get real! It’s time to face some facts about smoking.
If the tax increases do go through, two things will happen in result. First,
many people will be forced to quit because of economic reasons. While this
may be a good motive, it will also served to defeat the purpose of raising
taxes, which is to raise money.
Secondly, you can bet top dollar that the black-market cigarette industry
will increase dramatically. As if the American drug culture isn’t enough to
While the Environmental Protection Agency has released some damaging
“evidence” about indoor air quality, it would seem that they have overlooked
a few items.
Inadequate ventilation is a factor 24 percent greater than cigarette smoke.
Inside and outside contaminants are 13.5 times greater contributors to indoor
air pollution. The facts go on and on, and these numbers are from their own
Anti-smokers may think they know what’s best for the rest of us. But, you
know, this isn’t a matter of smoking or non-smoking to me. This whole deal
is about freedom, my freedom to choose what I can or can’t do with my life.
I do not impose my smoking on others. If my cigarette bothers you, I’ll put
it out. I will abide by the non-smoking signs in buildings. My work-place is
even a smoke-free area. No big deal.
But for those who want to point to the health care costs related to
smoking, think about the poor people, forced to huddle outside in sub-freezing
temperatures, pursuing a basic freedom.
Health-care costs? Who’s going to pay the hospital bills for those sad folks
outside after they contract pneumonia?
Maybe they can raise taxes on cigarettes again to pay for that, too.
Flood Victims Being Issued
Letters, Not Checks
In last week’s Clifton Record, a
front-page story stated that certain
residential victims of the 1991 flood
of the Bosque River would be
receiving payments for their property
through the Hazardous Mitigation
According to City Secretary M.E.
(Betty) Barron, it is not payments
that city attorneys are sending to
property owners, but instead letters,
with the city offering to acquire the
damaged property at' pre-flood
The Record apologizes for the
misunderstanding regarding what
was being mailed to the residents and
for any inconvenience this might
Presenter Of Award Tb
J.B. Darden Wrongly Identified
Tim Tilley, past president of the
Clifton Chamber ofCommerce, called
to tell us that the cutline below J.B.
Darden’s picture is last weeks’ paper
contained an error. The award
presentation, along with a “truly
wonderful tribute to ’Digger’
Darden,” was mude by Dr. Jerry
Smith, not Tilley.
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